Compared to other meteorological hazards that pose threats to property and human health (e.g., floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes), heat waves rank first as the cause of human mortality. Heat waves are sporadic phenomena that occur throughout the United States. Frequency, intensity, and duration of heat waves, however, vary drastically from year to year. The Impacts page looks at the spatial distribution of heat wave-related mortality in the U.S. from 1986 to 2000. The data was obtained from the National Weather Service Office of Climate, Water and Weather Services and mapped in ESIG using ArcView GIS.
Heat Related Deaths By Year
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